Crisci Associates, Nov. 24, 2014
(11/24/2014)
* Senate Majority Leader Does Not Rule Out January Session Before Corbett’s Term Ends

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) told an interviewer for WHP-TV, as reported by PennLive.com, he is not ruling out a lame-duck January legislative session while Gov. Corbett is still in office to move important legislation.

* Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf Names Transition Steering Committee

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf Tuesday named the Steering Committee for his transition team. The steering committee will work with already named leadership on efforts to review state agencies, commissions, departments, and functions.

* Wolf Transition State Budget Briefing On State Deficit

The Wolf Transition Wednesday issued a state budget briefing called “Pennsylvania In Peril: A Financial Crisis” by Budget Task Force Chairs Mary Soderberg and Josh Shapiro.

* October PA Table Games Revenue Rises 4 Percent Over 2013

Revenue from table games play at the 12 Pennsylvania casinos was just over $63 million in October 2014, according to a report released Monday by the Gaming Control Board, a 4.1 percent increase in revenue from table games play during October of this year compared to October of 2013.

* Political News & NewsClips

Here's a collection of NewsClips from around the state on political topics of interest--

* Session Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* House Republicans Issue End Of 2013-14 Session Report

House Republicans Wednesday issued a special end of session report summarizing-- in 37 pages-- all of their legislative accomplishments, both in cooperation with the Senate and just in the House.   Click Here to read a copy.

* PLS Interviews With New Members Of General Assembly

PA Legislative Services has started a series of interviews with freshman members of the General Assembly.  Here are links to the first four interviews--

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

* DePasquale Urges Retirement Systems To Seek Reductions In Investment Fees

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday urged leaders of the state’s two public pension systems to negotiate lower fees for fund management, limit exposure to risk, and improve overall transparency regarding investment costs, including those associated with hedge funds.

* PA Society To Recognize PA Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille

The Pennsylvania Society announced Monday it will award a special citation to outgoing Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille at its 116th annual dinner December 13, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

* Elder Law Task Force Report To Aid PA Courts In Protecting Elders From Abuse

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a blueprint to improve the way Pennsylvania elders interact with the court system and are protected from abuse and neglect.

* PA Courts: Number Of Court Supervised Children Remaining With Family Increases

Children under the supervision of Pennsylvania's courts and child welfare system are safely remaining at home or being placed more often with family members, which eliminates time otherwise spent in foster care, saves taxpayer dollars and reduces potential emotional trauma.

* Senators Announce Formation of PA’s First Rural Regional Community College

The Department of Education has taken steps to establish Pennsylvania’s first Rural Regional Community College, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), Sen. Bob Robbins (R-Mercer) and Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango) said Thursday.

* PA Unemployment Rate Declines To 6-Year Low 5.4 Percent In October

The Department of Labor & Industry Friday released its employment situation report for October 2014 showing Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined by three-tenths of a percentage point from September to 5.4 percent -- a six-year low.

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